Lorraine 1711 teston
The specimen shown is a teston of duke Leopold (r. 1690-1729) struck at Nancy 1709-16. This specimen was lot 1247 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $535. The catalog description noted, "FRANCE. Lorraine. Teston, 1711. NGC MS-62. Leopold (1697-1729). Adjustment marks at 12 o'clock. Softly toned with underlying luster." Lorraine in the early eighteenth century was in the borderlands between France and Germany and was contested between them. In 1711, she was still part of the Empire but the duke was a French client. His son, Francis III (1729-37) married Maria Theresia of Austria and was forced to trade Lorraine for Tuscany. Lorraine went to Stanislaus Leszczynski, erstwhile king of Poland and father-in-law of Louis XV. On his death in 1766, Lorraine passed to France. This teston, while scarce, is more available than the very rare thalers and gold coins of the period. Another teston, with a different reverse, is recorded for 1716-17.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-95.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.